Is there a criteria You use to determine your "Favorite" Albums?

Like... is it because it has your favorite song on it, based off of a whim, etc?

I'm just curious (cuz I over-analyze everything.. welcome to the world of the Peaches, lol), and I realized that the albums I think of as my favorite seem to have one major criteria.... I have to like every single song on the album, a lot. Like.. I never feel the desire to hit skip, and I can listen to it over and over again, and never get tired of it.

Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" is one example.. there is not one of my top 5 songs from Maiden on the album... but there is not a track that I think of as under an 8 (out of 10) either. They have to be essentially "Flawless" albums, rather than albums that may have several absolute amazing songs.. but then several "MEH" or filler tracks too.

BQ- List your top 10 "perfect" albums.

Update:

In no particular order: (and more than 10, just listing the albums I have never tired of)

IRON MAIDEN

-Powerslave

-Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

-the Final Frontier

METALLICA

-Master of Puppets

LOREENA MCKENNITT

-Book of Secrets

LACUNA COIL

-Karmacode

SLAYER

-Seasons in the Abyss

NIGHTWISH

-Once

-Century Child

FLEETWOOD MAC

-Fleetwood Mac (1975)

-Rumours

EPICA

-Divine Conspiracy

-Design Your Universe

THERION

-Vovin

DIXIE CHICKS

-Home

EVANESCENCE

-Fallen

ARKONA

-Goi Rode Goi

ELUVEITIE

-Slania

-Spirit

-Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion

-Everything Remains as It Never Was

EVILE

-Enter the Grave

-Infected Nations

APOCALYPTICA

-Reflections

-Worlds Collide

LEAVES EYES

-Vinland Saga

-Njord

These albums, are pretty much the ones I love from start to finish. I own 1000s but these are the "treasures" for my enjoyment.

Update 2:

Mind you.. I don't consider every track on this list a 10, or even every album.. to me a "perfect" album is simply one I never feel like hitting skip during. And by that criteria all fit.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    Yeah, I feel the same. For me, the single criterion by which I determine a "favorite" album of mine is for the album to be "perfect" from start to end. If an album contains a single meh-ish track, it isn't a top favorite of mine. However, the album doesn't have to consistently blow me away throughout, though as you mentioned, it has to be consistently good.

    (I'll limit this to one album per artist/band)

    "Songs In The Key Of Life" - Stevie Wonder

    "Mona Bone Jakon" - Cat Stevens

    "Grace" - Jeff Buckley

    "The Doors" - The Doors

    "A Love Supreme" - John Coltrane

    "Highway 61 Revisited" - Bob Dylan

    "Nebraska" - Bruce Springsteen

    "At Folsom Prison" - Johnny Cash

    "Master Of Puppets" - Metallica

    "Sunrise" - Elvis Presley (compilation)

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Hmm... sometimes yes, sometimes no. I usually just look for an album that doesn't have many "filler" songs and are all usually solid songs. I dont have to LOVE every single song, but I do like each one to a certain degree. Although sometimes my favorite albums don't always have my favorite songs from the band. Either way I also enjoy how some albums just flow or have a theme to it. I'd go more into detail, but my eyes are slowly drooping at the moment. :)

    BQ: Not my all-time favorites... first things to come to mind (in random order):

    1) The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd

    2) A Night at the Opera - Queen

    3) In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson

    4) London Calling - The Clash

    5) Breakfast in America - Supertramp

    6) Boston - Boston (to be fair, most songs sound the same. If you like one, you like them all).

    7) Powerslave - Iron Maiden

    8) From Mars to Sirius - Gojira

    9) Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

    10) Desolation Boulevard - Sweet

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I consider an album great if every song pieces together like a puzzle. Of course the tracks must sound great as well. For example, I love how Shine On You Crazy Diamond is split in 2 in the album WIsh You Were Here, and it ends and finishes the album, with great tracks in between.

    BQ:

    The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico

    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

    Close to the Edge - Yes

    Master of Reality - Black Sabbath

    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

    Rust in Peace - Megadeth

    Red - King Crimson

    Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    L.A. Woman - The Doors

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    All of My favorite albums, at least my Top 20 or so are my favorites because I like every single song on them.

    BA: Ok, not in any discernible order

    Asia - Asia

    Metallica - Master Of Puppets

    Journey - Evolution

    Rush - A Farewell To Kings

    Yes - Close To The Edge

    Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards

    Spooky Tooth - Spooky Two

    Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties

    The Doors - The Doors

    Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny

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  • 10 years ago

    I couldn't really pin down what my favorite albums are. There are a some I listen to quite a bit. Mostly when asked I jut shoot out whatever strikes me at the moment. But anything I list is usually something I find to be solid from start to finish.

    The Cars - The Cars

    Blue - Joni Mitchell

    Ace Of Spades - Motorhead

    Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space) - Digable Planets

    True Blue - Madonna

    Modern Sounds In Country & Western Vol 1 - Ray Charles

    Seasons In The Abyss - Slayer

    Beauty & The Beat - The Go-Go's

    III - Led Zeppelin

    Motor Booty Affair - Parliament

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  • 4 years ago

    Definitely from when I first heard it. When I was 14 I loved Duran Duran. Not so much anymore. I don't hate 'em, but not classic. It Takes a Nation of Millions...hell, it's been twenty years and I still turn it up! That's a classic. It's all personal. To me, Straight Outta Compton is not a classic. I'm not into it, haven't been nuts about the majority of rap that has come out of its members' solo projects. However, so many people love it still that for the rap world it's a classic. Okay, so there's different definitions. Rolling Stone magazine has a five-star option that means they call an album classic right there with the first review.

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  • Sookie
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    10 years ago

    This is tough to explain and it probably doesn't make sense, but I don't need to necessarily like every song on the album...I just need to appreciate the body of work as a whole. *shrug*

    I have very few perfect albums, so I'll list those along with my favorites.

    Slip - Quicksand

    For Your Own Special Sweetheart - Jawbox

    Static Tensions - Kylesa

    Facelift - Alice In Chains

    The Real Thing - Faith No More

    Mosquito Control - Isis (only an EP, but oh well)

    Seven and the Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran

    Self-Titled - Deftones

    Cure for Pain - Morphine

    Enter - Russian Circles

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  • 10 years ago

    Something I can never get tired of.

    In no particular order:

    Under The Table and Dreaming - Dave Matthews Band

    Crash- Dave Matthews Band

    Before these Crowded Streets - Dave Matthews Band

    Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King - Dave Matthews Band

    Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters

    Nothing Left to Lose - Foo Fighters

    Room for Squares - John Mayer

    Continuum- John Mayer

    Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band

    Is this It - The Strokes

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I don't think I've heard any albums whatsoever that didn't have at least one song I didn't like so.. I think that's expecting way too much in an album. For most of my favorite albums I only really like half of the songs, but I like that half a lot and listen to them all the time. The only albums I can think of that I like pretty much start to finish are:

    Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake

    Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies

    Master of Reality by Black Sabbath

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  • For me I do think it's an album I love every song from or something I listen to every day..and I do listen to albums every day.

    BA: I've never compiled a list of my top ten favorite albums, but I definitely never get tired of any of these..

    Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend

    Aural Vampire - Zoltank

    The Vines - Melodia

    D'espairsRay - [Coll:Set]

    Versailles - Noble, JUBILEE

    Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything

    Tiga - Sexor

    Thursday - A City By The Light Divided

    Suicide Season - No Time To Bleed

    Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

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